Many people are living with a food intolerance without realizing it. Symptoms of a food intolerance (and food allergies) manifests in subtle, yet profoundly damaging ways. Brain fog, skin irritations, inflammation and behavioral symptoms are often ignored. This is your body trying to tell you that it is fighting off a pathogen.
For many of us, knowing which foods are harmful is only half the fight. Packaged, processed or even restaurant meals often have hidden ingredients. There are so many symptoms of food intolerance that most people don’t recognize the symptoms as such, but the impact to one’s health is of great concern. That chronic cough or feeling of fatigue might have more to do with what you’re putting in your body than you think. And if these symptoms are ignored, they take a toll on your body and mind.
Symptoms of Food Intolerance
- Inability to Speak
- Fatigue and Lethargy
- Impaired Coordination
- Indecision and Impaired Comprehension
- Asthma and Wheezing
- Shortness of Breathe
- Running Nose
- Heart and Chest Pain
- High Blood Pressure
- Irregular Heartbeat and Pulse
- Vein Inflammation (Phlebitis)
- Canker Sores
- Abdominal Pain
- Gall Bladder Pain
- Food Craving
- Excessive Gas
- Bleeding and Bruising
- Dry or Cracked Skin
Joint and Musculoskeletal Symptoms
- Swollen Ankles
- Neck Ache
- Joint Pain
- Muscle Pain
Other Less-Known Symptoms
- Menstrual Pain
- Lower Blood Sugar
- Earaches and Ear Inflammation
Common Food Intolerances
Gluten Intolerance Symptoms. Studies show as much as 15% of Americans have gluten intolerance. Current food trends allow you to easily eat gluten-free nowadays, but do you know how to spot the symptoms?
- Abdominal Bloating
- Inflammation, or swelling, in your joints
- Stomach pain
- Chronic Fatigue or feeling tired after meals with gluten
- Mental Fatigue, or brain fog
- Keratosis Pilaris, which looks like chicken skin on the back of the arms as a result of fatty acid and vitamin A deficiency
- Dizziness or feeling off balance
- Migraine headaches
- Anxiety, depression and mood swings
- Nausea and vomiting
Lactose Intolerance Symptoms. Lactose intolerance is the body’s inability to break down the sugar in dairy, specifically lactose. Symptoms of lactose intolerance begin 30 minutes to two hours after eating and can be mild or severe, depending on your body’s response to lactose. Symptoms include:
- Diarrhea or loose stool
- Pain or cramps in the lower stomach
- Rumbling sounds in the lower stomach
- Nausea and Throwing up
MSG Intolerance Symptoms. Research shows the link between MSG and swelling of the brain. If you’ve ever felt sick and bloated after Chinese food, you may have an MSG allergy or sensitivity. As noted on Healthcentral.com, an MSG allergic reaction can be attributed to other foods combined with MSG, or a reaction to MSG itself. MSG is a substance that causes a reaction in nerve cells. The use of this stimulant affects the mouth and the brain. Most people respond to MSG with a stimulation of hunger, taste, and smell, which is why it is used. The down side to this stimulation is that it can also cause an allergic response because of the over stimulation of the nerve cells. Not only does it enhance flavors, but it can cause symptoms that can even be life threatening.
Symptoms can include a burning sensation on the neck, shoulders, torso, thighs, and arms. Other symptoms include numbness or pressure in the face, chest pain or palpitations, nausea, vomiting, head pain, flushing and sweating, and/or wheezing.
Symptoms can be worse if the foods high in MSG are consumed on an empty stomach and in high doses. Symptoms tend to show up within one half hour to one hour after eating food containing MSG, and symptoms usually dissipate within two or three hours. If reactions are severe, the first reaction can result in emergency medical treatment.
Major symptoms associated with MSG intolerance can be mild or severe. Common Symptoms are:
- Tingling Skin
- Burning sensations in the chest
- Congestion or a runny nose
- Chest Pain
- Numbness or burning in and around the mouth
- Facial Swelling
- Heart Palpitations
- Shortness of Breath
- Swelling in the Throat
- On extreme cases, anaphylaxis
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, notice which foods are causing these symptoms. Talk to your practitioner and check your histamine levels. Your brain chemistry cannot be balanced if you are struggling with toxins. Eating the foods that your body is intolerant to is toxic, so learn how to take them out and balance your brain with a Neurogistics consult today.
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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant. Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.
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